By Norah Bradford

Private courtyard (check), afternoon tea (check), ideal location (check). DUKES Hotel, located in central London’s St. James promises that any jetsetter will be treated like royalty in this palace, neighboring some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, high-end stores, exquisite galleries and magnificent theatres. First visit to London? Not a problem. DUKES’ more than capable staff is delighted to be of assistance. With information on places to see and things to do in London, they will help guests map out their route and even assist in making restaurant recommendations and reservations, arrange ticket purchases for theatre performances, set up tours of historic castles and country homes, and arrange airport transportation and car rentals. Nonetheless, the real treat for travelers are the accommodating services inside DUKES Hotel.

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DUKES Hotel has 90 rooms, 11 suites and an exclusive Penthouse Suite, complete with its own terrace and private dining area. With some rooms boasting remarkable views of Green Park, each space is given that special touch with accommodations including individually controlled air conditioning, wireless broadband internet connection, DVD player (available upon request), two line telephones and voicemail, iPod speakers (available upon request), private bar, safety deposit box, satellite channels, flat screen TV, hairdryer and bathrobe, organic toiletries, express and overnight laundry service, one-hour pressing, sameday dry cleaning, shoe shine, valet and valet parking, 24 hour room service, full concierge service and Health Club.

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The palette-pleasing dining room menu is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. With classic British dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea or midday snacks, smoothies, fresh juices and delicious sandwiches, guests can dine there every night! DUKES’ bar is also considered to be home to the world’s best dry martinis, while their wine selection is unique in hosting “Old World” and “New World” reds. Lastly, guests can enjoy a meal at DUKES’ drawing room and conservatory which overlooks the Courtyard Garden. After 8:00 p.m., the garden opens as the Cognac and Cigar Garden for post-evening drinks and cigars.

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Guest can reserve a stay online or by phoning DUKES Hotel. Each room rate includes complimentary features such as gym and steam room use, newspaper and magazine delivery, slippers and delicious, handmade DUKES chocolate!

For more information: dukeshotel.com

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